Church to host free screening of 'Edie and Thea' documentary

Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation will host a free screening of the hourlong documentary "Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement."

The film, about the personal and political challenges of a lesbian couple who marry after having lived together for 42 years, will be shown at 5 p.m. March 23 at the church, at 3601 W. Cromwell Drive.

The screening is part of a two-hour program in the church's monthly Fourth Saturday Movie Night program. Former state Sen. Paula Aboud will speak after the film.

For more information visit online.

Lions set combo yard, bake sale; seek eyeglass donations

Catalina-Oro Valley Lions Club is holding a combination yard sale and bake sale to raise money to help those in need in the community.

The event runs 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at 4048 E. Adams Rib Place in Catalina.

The club is looking for donations of old eyeglasses, eyeglass cases and hearing aids.

For more information call 825-7566.

Help fill food bank shelves, get soup and handcrafted bowl

More than 20 restaurants are contributing to Empty Bowls, a charity event that will help Interfaith Community Services supply food to those in need.

The event, which organizers predict will draw 1,000 attendees, is 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road.

Restaurants are providing soup, bread, desserts and other foods. Admission is $15, and includes food and a handcrafted bowl. There will also be live music and bidding for pottery items.

Proceeds will go to the ICS food bank.

For more information and to buy tickets, online.

Pet Fair will help animal owners care for their four-legged pals

SaddleBrooke-area vendors who provide pet-related services are participating in the SaddleBrooke Pet Fair, designed to help pet owners find resources to help care for animal companions.

Vendors include pet sitters and boarders, poop scoopers, first-aid providers, animal figurine sellers and microchip identification services. Law enforcement dogs and obedience school will give demonstrations.

Dogs and cats also will be up for adoption.

The free event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23 at the Mountain View Clubhouse, 38759 S. Mountain View Blvd. in SaddleBrooke. Proceeds go to animal-friendly nonprofits.

Other than those up for adoption, pets are not allowed at the event.

For more information call 818-1947.

Catalina State Park looks to the stars

Catalina State Park is hosting a Star Party at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Astronomers will speak and answer questions, and help visitorsl use telescopes to see star clusters, galaxies and nebulae.

To attend, meet at the main trailhead parking lot and bring water, snacks, a red light and warm clothing. The Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association is supporting the event.

The park's entrance fee is $7 per vehicle, which covers as many as four adults. Camping sites are also available for extra charges. The park is at State Highway 77 (North Oracle Road) at mile marker 81.

For more information, visit online.

Parkinson's support group meets Monday

A Parkinson's disease support group will meet at 2 p.m. Monday at Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge No. 2815, 16045 N. Oracle Road in Catalina.

Amanda Foxe will speak. Foxe is a Parkinson's movement specialist and aquatic-movement therapist who works at Athlon Physical Therapy in Oro Valley.

Pamphlets from the Parkinson's Disease Foundation will be available at the meeting as part of efforts for Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month in April.

For more information contact by email.

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